The Equal Rights Amendment: Achieving Constitutional Equality for All.

Meeting Notes: 
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Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 10:00am
2154 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
“The Equal Rights Amendment: Achieving Constitutional Equality for All.”

Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney's Opening Statement [PDF]

Washington, D.C. (October 19, 2021)—On Thursday October 21, at 10:00 a.m. ET, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, will hold a hearing entitled, “The Equal Rights Amendment:  Achieving Constitutional Equality for All.”


On October 12, 1971, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 354 to 24, and the Senate passed it the following year by a vote of 84 to 8.  The initial effort to ratify the ERA in the 1970s fell three states short.  The amendment has now been ratified by the three final states needed:  Nevada in 2017, Illinois in 2018, and Virginia in 2020. 


To commemorate the 50th anniversary of House passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, the hearing will explore the current status of the ERA and examine the final steps necessary to certify and publish it as the 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.


Ms. Carol Jenkins

President, ERA Coalition


The Honorable Jennifer McClellan

Virginia State Senator


Ms. Alyssa Milano

Actor and ERA Advocate


Ms. Victoria Nourse

Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center


Ms. Bamby Salcedo

President, TransLatin@ Coalition

Board Member, ERA Coalition 


Ms. Eleanor Smeal

Founder and President, Feminist Majority Foundation


Ms. Inez Feltscher Stepman (minority witness)

Senior Policy Analyst, Independent Women’s Forum


117th Congress